The actress Briony McRoberts spent two decades taking character roles on television before making her biggest impact as the super-bitch Sam Hagen in Take the High Road, the Scottish soap opera screened nationally by ITV.
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Saturday 26 January 2013
'Loch Lomond is like a different country'
Friday 13 July 2012
Francesco Molinari made a dazzling start to the Scottish Open yesterday. The 29-year-old Italian leads after a 10-birdie course-record 62 at Castle Stuart in Inverness, against a field that includes the world No 1, Luke Donald, and 10 major champions.
Sunday 19 February 2012
David Cameron may yet come to regret his breakfast encounter with the shot-putting, kilt-wearing giant who has adorned cereal boxes across the land for many a chilly winter. David Randall unravels an amazing tale
Tuesday 10 January 2012
While symbols of nationalism proliferate at the site of the battle, not everyone's mind is made up, says Hamish Macdonell
Sunday 23 October 2011
I've finished my expedition to the glorious Okanagan Valley in British Columbia (Canada's California, apparently) investigating Ogopogo, the monster that is supposed to inhabit Lake Okanagan. Don't worry, I haven't gone all David Icke (yet) – this is for my new book, Scary Monsters and Super Creeps, and the subject gives me an excuse to visit some pretty interesting parts of the world. Canada was probably a brave choice for a first destination as it is seen as literary Mogadon by publishers. Bill Bryson supposedly wanted to write a book about the country but his publishers recoiled in horror. I love the place – I have a Canadian wife and spend every summer there – and hope to convert as many Brits as possible to the land of the beaver.
Monday 05 September 2011
A 19-month-old boy has died after falling into a lake at a caravan park while on holiday with his parents.
Saturday 20 August 2011
A prominent Australian journalist is believed to be among three people killed in a helicopter crash.
Monday 08 August 2011
Two men in their 40s have drowned while swimming in a lake, police said today.
Saturday 16 July 2011
The body of a British student who went missing in the Amazon jungle has been found, it was confirmed today.
Sunday 10 July 2011
Police are appealing for witnesses after a pony was pushed to its death in a lake.
Thursday 23 June 2011
A lakeside property in Berlin once owned by the Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels is up for sale at auction.
Tuesday 07 June 2011
It is perfectly conceivable that you could sit through three acts of Michael Frayn's homage to the Great British farce and emerge thinking: "Thank God they don't make them like that any more". For anyone who grew up with the politically correct mores of the 1980s alternative-comedy scene, the idea of a theatre audience willingly subjecting themselves to an evening of unvarnished sexist stereotypes, double entendres, relentless running gags and, of course, those dropping trousers seems unimaginably alien.
Monday 02 May 2011
Friday 25 March 2011
In London, ENB tend to dance their huge Swan Lake, the vast in-the-round production Derek Deane created for the Royal Albert Hall. This time, they're dancing Deane's smaller version, created for conventional theatres. And very satisfying it is too; a picture-book world with strong performances, particularly the Swan Queen and Prince of Daria Klimentová and Vadim Muntagirov. Peter Farmer's traditional designs frame the lake with delicately cut-out trees.
Thursday 10 March 2011
Loch Lomond locals have forced park authorities to destroy copies of a new navigational chart.
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